Have you ever had one of those project ideas that is super cool and amazing with fireworks going off in your head? And then the actual execution is more of a fizzle?
I’d been dreaming of doing a pulley light for the better part of a year now. I would eagerly scour antique stores in search of the perfect vintage pulley. It had to be the correct size with the right amount of patina for the right price. Once I found it and did a celebratory dance, (see here) I started thinking about cords and light bulbs. I was leaning towards the colorful cloth cords (pricey) and the edison bulbs. I assumed I would have to order a cord online so the project ended up being on hold a bit while I (saved money) decided what I wanted to do.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a get-together for bloggers at the environmentally concious home improvement store, Treehouse. It was fun joining friends, as well as meeting new ones and learning about Treehouse and some of it’s fabulous products. I happened to have my point-and-shoot in my purse so I was able to take a few photos. Treehouse is a fairly new “Green” store in Austin which carries most of the typical home improvement items you would expect. (Paint, cabinets, tile, tools, plants, flooring, lighting, plumbing, roofing, etc.) The focus is energy efficiency, environmental conciousness and living a healthy life in a smaller footprint. It was great hearing a few simple ways we could save energy right away.
I may have been the most impressed with the kitchen area. Years ago, it seemed that anything made from recycled materials was just plain ugly. Seriously. If it was recycled, it looked it. But now, the asthetics have caught up with the function. There were so many counter tops, flooring, cabinets and tile made from recycled materials that looked high end, sophisticated and just plain gorgeous. Who knew?
I thought the lighting section was fun, too. The driftwood chandelier on the far right was pretty impressive (and huge) in person.
This lamp with the peek-a-boo green interior was one of my favorites.
The staff and the founder of Treehouse were so kind to our group. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the evening. Another thing that was quite exciting was the announcement of the door prizes. (Of course!) Treehouse gave away some awesome products and I ended up going home with…(wait for it)… a Roost fabric cord in turquoise! Holla!
And as a bonus, this fancy, energy efficient light bulb came with it.
Once I started working on my pulley light project, I was extremely careful with the fancy light bulb. I could just see myself dropping it on the floor and breaking it into a million pieces. Ironically though, the bulb ended up being just fine. I did manage to drop the ceramic end of the cloth cord on the tile floor and it didn’t fare as well. The casing cracked in half, but thankfully still held together. I wrapped it with washi tape for a pop of color and extra security (just in case.)
Once I started creating my lamp, I discovered that no matter how much I tweaked or fiddled, the antique pulley just didn’t look right. Bummer. So I banished it back into it’s paper bag while the metal import pulley willingly (smugly) took it’s place. The import just seemed to gel better with the other components.
I also spent quite a bit of time working with the cord. I just couldn’t seem to loop it around the pulley and bracket in a way that I liked. And in the end, I thought that the cord hanging straight down was a bit wimpy. So I had it dance down the wall in a zig zag fashion. When I walk into the room and glance at it, sometimes I like it and other times I don’t. Kind of a fizzle.
So what about you? Have you shopped at Treehouse or worked some magic with a vintage pulley?
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